The city of Nara has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is one of the main cultural cities in Japan. The city is compact and travelling around is quite easy. There are a number of people who plan to visit Nara as a side trip from Kyoto. Nara is located at just half an hour away from Kyoto by train. The Nara Park is the main site in the city which has several Japanese temples and shrines. The park is quite scenic and a must visit.
The city has numerous museums that depict the history and culture of the area. Some of the best museums in Nara are Nara City Museum of Photography and the National Museum. The Heijokyu Palace Site is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the city. The city has numerous parks like the Isuien Garden and the Yoshikien Garden.
Nara also offers a good and memorable shopping experience. The Narazuke is the prime shopping district. Other areas for shopping include the Higashimuki Shopping Street, Mochiidono Shopping Street, Sanjo-dori Avenue and the Yamazaki-ya; tehse shopping destinations are located in the Central City.
The nearest airport to Nara is the Kansai International Airport. From the Kansai International Airport visitors can take Airport Limousine buses which leave the airport every hour and travel upto the Nara train stations. The travel duration is 1.5 hours and a one-way ticket costs around 2000 Yen.
The Itami Airport in Osaka is also located close to Nara; it is a domestic airport. Visitors can take the limousine bus from the Itami Airport to the Nara train stations and a one-way ticket costs 1440 Yen.
Finding halal food in Nara can be difficult. There are a few places where visitors can find vegetarian options however before dining it is best to confirm the ingredients of a dish. Visitors can also inform their hotel in advance about their dining options.
There are no mosques in Nara. Visitors can find a few mosques in Kypto and Osaka which are located within an hour from Nara.